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South Carolina utility giving fish hatchery to state agency

January 30, 2019

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) — The state-owned utility Santee Cooper is giving its fish hatchery on Lakes Marion and Moultrie to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported the shift will allow the fish hatchery to continue operations as state officials decide what to do about Santee Cooper after a failed nuclear project. Gov. Henry McMaster and some lawmakers want to sell the utility to help deal with an estimated $9 billion debt, much of it from the failed project.

Santee Cooper is giving the title to an 81-acre compound of ponds at the Dennis Wildlife Center in Bonneau to the Natural Resources Department. The department already managed the hatchery.

The fish raised at the hatchery make the lakes a big draw for those involved in sport fishing.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com